According to the City of San Carlos, on Monday afternoon, PG&E completed the process to reduce the gas pressure in Line 147, a high pressure natural gas transmission line that runs through San Carlos, effectively removing the line from high pressure transmission service on the Peninsula.
The pressure on the line has been reduced to 125psi as of 5:15 PM, October 7, 2013.
The City believes that operating Line 147 at the reduced pressure meets the intent of the injunction issued by Judge Miram, and allows PG&E to keep the line in use, providing natural gas to residences and business in San Carlos. The lower pressure in the line and the isolation of the line from the gas transmission system reduces the risk of catastrophic explosion.
City Manager Jeff Maltbie acknowledges the effort on the part of PG&E to shut down Line 147 and continues to demand that the line remain shut down until such time as the California Public Utilities Commission can hold public hearings on Line 147 to determine the current safety of the line and any future operation of Line 147 as a high pressure transmission line.